Investment in bigger, better railway in the Thames Valley and south west continues over spring bank holiday weekend

Published on : Saturday, May 21, 2016

3Rail passengers can look forward to better journeys as Network Rail’s work to improve and upgrade the railway in the Thames Valley and south west continues over the spring bank holiday weekend .


Members of Network Rail’s orange army will be working approximately 32,600 hours over the long weekend to deliver vital elements of the company’s Railway Upgrade Plan, to provide a bigger, better, more reliable railway for passengers and businesses.


The £8.4m package of work is extensive and includes:


The penultimate phase of a major re-signalling programme in Filton, Bristol, to provide greater reliability for passengers. This work will also pave the way for electrification and the doubling of the tracks along the Filton bank, to improve capacity and help meet the demand of increasing number of passengers.

The installation of a new bridge at Easton Road in Bristol as part of the Great Western Electrification Programme. The new bridge will be higher, creating the additional space needed for the overhead lines that will power a new fleet of longer, faster, quieter and greener electric trains to run underneath.

Installing the overhead electrification equipment between Maidenhead and Hayes & Harlington, and the installation of the foundations for the overhead electrification equipment in Swindon, in preparation for the new fleet of electric trains.

Platform improvements at Maidenhead, Slough, West Drayton, Iver, Southall, Hayes & Harlington and Ealing Broadway in preparation for Elizabeth line services that will better connect the south east with London.Track renewals at Charfield in South Gloucestershire to provide greater reliability for passengers.

This programme of improvement work will begin late on Friday, 27 May, once the last passenger train has run, and has been timed to minimise disruption as much as possible, as passenger numbers typically drop by more than half during a bank holiday.


As the majority of this work can only take place when trains aren’t running, some services in the Thames Valley and south west will be affected which is why a comprehensive advertising campaign is under way to make sure passengers are able to make informed decisions about their travel over the spring bank holiday.


Mark Langman, Network Rail’s managing director for the Western route, said: “This bank holiday, our army of rail workers will once again be working round-the-clock to deliver our Railway Upgrade Plan, paving the way for better, more reliable journeys for passengers and businesses across the Thames Valley, west and south west.


“Passengers have shown themselves to be incredibly understanding of planned improvement work and I’d like to thank them in advance for their support and understanding as we deliver the big improvements we know the travelling public want to see.


“These improvements will include faster, more comfortable journeys as a result of electrification; better connections from the west, south west and Thames Valley into London through the provision of Elizabeth line services; and fewer delays and smoother journeys through our work to replace ageing signalling equipment in Bristol with the latest technology.”


Source:-Network Rail

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